Thursday, July 23, 2015

Some of the Soothing Intoxicating Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

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India has a rich tradition of using incense in many social and religious occasions since time immemorial. Incense sticks, also known as Agarbathi (derived from Sanskrit word Agaravarthi) in which an incense paste is rolled around a thin bamboo stick, is one of the main forms of incense in India.

For most Indians, incense remains an important part of the daily Puja ritual, which is a religious offering performed by all Hindus to their Gods & Goddesses.

The state of Karnataka in India known as the Capital of Agarbathi (Incense Sticks) is the leading Production Centre for Agarbathis in India, with Mysore and Bangalore being the main Manufacturing Centres. Mysore is known as a pioneer in the activity of Agarbathi manufacturing and this is one of the main  activities that exists in the city. The main reason for this is that it has a natural reserve of forest products especially Sandalwood, which is the base material used in Agarbatti production.

Highly demanded by customers worldwide, Incense Sticks are known globally for their lovely mesmerisng fragrances. The Incense Sticks are available in a wide assortment to meet the multifarious preferences of customers globally. 

The wide range of fragrances includes several wonderful fragrances. The Incense Sticks are neatly packed for preserving the fragrance and keeps them intact for a very long time. The fragrance of these Sticks makes them ideal for use in places of worship & also in aroma therapy.

These Incense Sticks have a delightful fragrance, gentle, soothing  and relaxing. The fumes do not irritate the eyes & the perfume lingers for a long time.


Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )
Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )
Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )
Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Fragrances of Indian Agarbattis ( Incense Sticks )

Friday, July 17, 2015

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

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Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves
Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves
Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves
Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves

Patachitra Paintings of Odisha ( India ) on Palm Leaves


* Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

A brief write-up on Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Kerala, is posted right below the following images of this renowned Ayurvedic Centre of India.


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Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala ( Kerala ) : Ancient Indian System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ) at its best

Arya Vaidya Sala, popularly known as Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, is a Traditional Indian Ayurvedic Healthcare Centre located in Kottakkal, in the South Indian State of Kerala. Kerala is known for its rich heritage and expertise in the Indian Traditional System of Medicine ( Ayurveda ).

Kerala is famous worldwide for its holistic Ayurvedic Treatment on human body and human mind, & attracts large number of people, mostly patients,  from around the country and around the world.
 
Today Kerala has become the prime destination for the Indian Healing System of Ayurveda. Ancient Inscriptions in India reveal the rich practice of this Traditional Indian System of Ayurvedic Medicine, that we have almost forgotten today. Inscriptions in India connected with medicine are rare, but we have enough of them to give us an idea that some temples in India had Healing Centres attached to them. These temples were mostly Vishnu Temples, since Hindu God Vishnu is said to be the  preserver of life in the Cosmos. Vishnu is also worshipped in India as Dhanvantri : The God of Ayurvedic Medicine.


Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is more than a century old  Ayurvedic Institution, engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda, the ancient healthcare system of India. AVS offers classical Ayurvedic Medicines and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, to patients from all over the world.

AVS was established at Kottakkal in Kerala State of India in 1902, by the visionary Ayurvedic physician and philanthropist, the Late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. Initially started essentially as a village clinic, AVS has now grown into a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary and multi-crore organisation. It has operations in multifarious areas of Ayurvedic practice.
 

All Classical Ayurvedic Medicines, therapies and expert medical advice are available at AVS. AVS has two modern Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturing Units, has well equipped quality control labs, has full-fledged research activities, cultivates medicinal plants on wide area and conducts educational programmes.
    

Today, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is a name synonymous with 'Quality Ayurveda' : A name that offers a new meaning to the life of suffering humanity.

The Great Immortal Ayurveda is wide enough to include all that is essential to make a man physically & mentally healthy and happy. It includes the study of right conduct (Dharma), which is necessary for the healthy growth of society in which man lives. Further it deals with the philosophical aspect of life, the knowledge of which contributes greatly to the comfort and happiness of all human beings. Ayurveda does understand the limitations of human efforts. Still it firmly believes in the means of prolonging life and the methods of invigorating it.


Ayurveda recognizes the Universal Truth that Mind is very powerful both in the causation and cure of diseases. So, strict mental discipline and adherence to moral values are considered a very important prerequisite for robust mental & physical health. Therefore, ethical basis of life is described as an important health support system.

Proper control of  food intake and behavioural habits are extremely important components, for achieving perfect cure in ancient Ayurveda.


Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal has gained international acceptance and reputation within the last 100 years. The Institution has 5 hospitals, 20 branches and more than 1200 authorized dealerships in India. It has 3 manufacturing plants, 200 acres of herbal garden, an Ayurvedic Medical College, R&D Lab, Medicinal Plant Research Centre & Publication department.
           
Many special treatments prescribed in the ancient medical classics of Ayurveda for some of the most distressing diseases, are currently practised only in Kerala.
The State of Kerala stands out prominently in the backdrop of India's rich Ayurvedic Tradition. Centuries have passed since the various Ayurvedic treatments and food habits have become an integral part of the Keralite lifestyle. This is so because Ayurveda is not simply a mode of healthcare in Kerala, but also a fundamental approach to life. You can find hundreds of herbs with medicinal properties, in the courtyards of Kerala houses. The easy availability of such a wide variety of herbal medicine in Kerala, has facilitated the development of several unique Ayurvedic medicines and treatment methods over the years.
 

These Ayurvedic treatments are specially effective in Paralysis, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Spondylosis, and other Psychosomatic Diseases. The Classical Therapies of Ayurveda are also made use of, for devising new treatment modalities, to deal with several serious ailments of the modern man such as Parkinsonism, Motor Neuron Diseases, Cancer etc.

Arya Vaidya Sala has played a vital role, in spreading the concept of Ayurveda as a great Medical Science, fighting all odds of the Scientific Western World. The experienced physicians of AVS and the Ayurvedic medicines and treatments of AVS, have given due recognition to this Indian Healthcare System. At present, this organization has branch in every nook and corner of Kerala, besides many major Indian cities.

Ayurveda is more of a way of life rather than a medical science. The Ayurvedic system helps the healthy person to maintain his/her already good health, and diseased person to regain his/her health. Ayurveda firmly insists about one’s diet, daily routine, life style and activities to be followed on a daily basis and according to the climatic changes, age and individual potency, to keep himself /herself healthy. The ancient System of Ayurveda has been designed by the ancients to promote human happiness, health and creative growth.

Ayurvedic treatments remove the root cause of a disease, & give a permanent cure. Medicines are prepared from natural resources like herbs, minerals etc, and this in turn are accepted and assimilated in the body, without creating any side effects.


The knowledge of Ayurveda was passed on orally through a lineage of Sages in India, until it was collated into text more than five thousand years ago. The oldest known texts on Indian Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya.


Earlier, there were a lot of complaints about heavy metals being used in Ayurvedic drugs. But the important fact about Ayurvedic Science people are not aware of is that, these heavy metals go through innumerable processes in internationally reputed Ayurvedic Centres, before being assigned the status of medicine for human intak.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sparkling Indian Festival of Lamps : Kaarthigai : Dev Diwali : Kaarthik Poornima : Guru Poorab

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Kaarthigai in Tamil Nadu is celebrated just the same way Deepawali is celebrated everywhere in Northern India. This festival of lamps is known by the name of Dev Diwali in Gujarat & Banaras. They say Dev Diwali in Banaras is simply one of its kind & one must be a witness to this beautiful festival of lamps in Banaras at least once in one's lifetime on the banks of sacred River Ganga.

I have a feeling, every region in India celebrates this festival of lamps in its own way on the sacred day of Kaarthik Poornima. People take a holy dip on this sacred day in holy rivers in many parts of Northern India.

Not just for Hindus, this day is very special in Sikh dominated Punjab also. Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev was born on this sacred day & Sikhs around the globe celebrate Guru Poorab in their holy shrines Gurudwaras on this day. One should just not miss the 'Guru Kaa Langar' in Gurudwaaras on the day of Guru Poorab. The simple & lavish pure vegetarian lunch at Gurudwaras on this auspicious day is truly one of its kind. All the devotees visiting Gurudwaara on this day take part in community cooking in the common kitchen of the holy shrine.

Karthigai was a festival, I simply loved as a child, helping my mother light hundreds of lamps all over the house and its surrounding areas. This was followed by joyous cracker bursting with whatever leftover crackers we had after Deepawali celebrations. I was under the impression that only Tamilians celebrate this beautiful festival of countless lamps just like the popular Deepawali festival of India. Only later in life, after having stayed in every corner of India, during my husband's tenure in the Indian Armed Forces Medical Corps, I realised that this festival is not unique of TamilNadu alone. Many other states in India too celebrate this festival under different names, including Sikhs who call it Guru Poorab or Guru Nanak's birthday.

Karthigai is known as Dev Deepawali in Banaras / Varanasi & is truly one of its kind in India. I always wanted to visit Varanasi just for witnessing this breathtaking festival of lamps. And am still eagerly waiting for the opportunity someday.

Dev Deepavali , "The Diwali of the Gods" or "Festival of Lights of the Gods" is the festival celebrated on Kartik Poornima day in Varanasi. It falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartika and takes place after fifteen days of Diwali. The steps of all the River Ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River in Banaras, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps in honour of sacred River Ganga, and its presiding Goddess. The Hindu Gods are believed to descend on Earth for a holy dip in the Ganges on this auspicious day. 

During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps in and around the house and colourful Rangolee (Welcoming colored designs) on the front entrance doors. Firecrackers are burst at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.

Evening Ganga Aarti is offered every evening on the banks of Ganga

The 5 day festival starts on Prabodhini Ekadashi and concludes on Kartik Poornima. 

This festival in Varanasi is a major tourist attraction, and the sight of  millions of lamps, lighting the Ghats and river in vivid colors have often been described by visitors and tourists as a breathtaking sight. On the night of the festival, thousands of devotees from across the country gather in the evening on the Ghats of the Ganges to watch the amazingly beautiful Ganga Aarti. The local government makes several intensive security arrangements to ensure law & order during the festival.


Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India

Dev Diwali in Banaras / Varanasi India